5 Beauty Brands That Are Safe For Your Skin And Your Conscience

The market is flooded with beauty products claiming to be the best and all-natural, but here are five cosmetics brands that actually walk the walk.

Our skin is our largest organ, and it's the one to face all the elements, so shouldn't we be careful of what we put on it?

Easier said than done. The market is flooded with various products boasting themselves as "natural," which is associated with being safe but really doesn't mean anything to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Byrdie reported. Plus, something labeled organic doesn't have to be fully organic.

Oh, and it's also still up to debate if ingredients like phthalates and parabens could be harmful to our skin and cause adverse health effects. 

Confused yet? 

Don't fret. We scoured the internet to find some of the safest beauty brands, as in transparently free of animal cruelty and chemicals.

1. Herbivore Botanicals

This indie Seattle-based beauty brand got its start on Etsy. Married couple Julia and Alex Kummerow got the idea when Julia, who has eczema and psoriasis, got frustrated because her skin was constantly irritated by other products. Their beautifully-packaged line is tested on people, not animals, and their products are made of high-quality food-grade ingredients, with no fillers, according to their site.  

2. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn

Thought up by Adina Grigore, the philosophy of this skincare brand is minimalism and sustainability. Grigore read Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," and felt inspired. Products are not tested on animals and are made of fair trade and organic ingredients from family farms, according to its site. They're also typically made with five ingredients or less. Even Target noticed what the brand was doing and is now a retailer.

3. RMS Beauty

Founder Rose Marie Swift was a makeup artist to the stars when she decided to detox her life as a raw-foodist, she told Coveteur. Her products aren't tested on animals and use pure, living ingredients, meaning they actually help make your skin better.

4. Vapour Organic Beauty

These handmade products are created in a USDA-approved organic lab that's run by passive solar and wind power. It has the "Champion" safety status awarded by the Environmental Working Group, according to its website. Allure also gave the New Mexico-based brand several of its Best of Beauty Awards. Krysia Boinis founded the company with the intention of not harming our skin or the earth.

5. Indie Lee

After overcoming a brain tumor that doctors attributed to environmental factors in 2009, Indie Lee decided to pursue a toxin-free, eco-friendly beauty line. Her products are made of ingredients that can actually be pronounced. In fact, she has a facial moisturizer that's made up of just one ingredient.

Who's ready to makeover their beauty routine?

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